Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has universal appeal and is certainly one of the top activities to try out on a St. Augustine vacation.
The idea of gliding over the scenic waters around St. Augustine on a paddle board is alluring to just about everywhere. It is also a relatively easy activity to learn for nearly every age, even for those who are somewhat reluctant to get into the water.
What can you expect with this popular Florida activity? What makes paddleboarding such an infinitely rewarding ocean sport in St. Augustine?
The Essentials for Paddleboarding
Paddleboarding is the perfect way to gracefully float right along the coast of Florida’s ancient city and take in memorable views of the scenery and wildlife, but you will need to learn a few essentials beforehand if you’re new to it.
Two of the best approaches for paddleboarding in St. Augustine are to find a rental source where you can rent by the hour if you have experience, or obtain a tour guide if you don’t.
Rental providers will offer you basic lessons to get you started or more in-depth lessons if you require them.
Thankfully, the waters of St. Augustine are notoriously calm. Follow the protocols of your tour provider, paddleboard in designated areas, and wear appropriate floatation devices. Many of the beaches do not have full-time lifeguards.
The boards are very stable. Unlike a surfboard, it is difficult to tip over a paddle board, especially with some of the wider boards.
However, the wideness of some stand-up paddle boards can make turning a bit of a challenge. Your provider should give you more information on how to handle turning and other maneuvers.
To Freely Explore the Waters, or Go with a Guide?
A guide can take you to some top locations for excellent wildlife viewing. If that is a high priority, consider a guided tour even if you have experience. A guide is also useful if you are frightened or lacking confidence about your skills.
The Ocean or the River
St. Augustine has many rivers and waterways, offering some excellent stream paddling. Adventurers hoping for a wilder ride might opt for renting a stand-up paddle board for a river run, compared to the ocean.
You can also often rent paddle boards right on the beach, which is an accessible option because many rental spots are already on the sands, a few feet from the ocean.
Local Sources for Stand Up Paddleboarding
St. Augustine is a town full of people that love the water, so you will have no shortage of places to rent water sport equipment. You will find easy access to anything from kayaks to canoes and of course, stand-up paddle boards.
Below are two local providers you can’t go wrong with.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboarding St Augustine
Location: 442 Ocean Vista Ave, St Augustine, FL 32080
For the best chance to catch some abundant wildlife while paddleboarding along with some expert guidance, visit Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboarding St Augustine.
Request a guided tour for the experience and added information. The morning is one of the best times to go out because the early-day wind can carry you along the waterways.
Contact this rental spot at (904)-315-8442 for a reservation or tour info.
Location: 850 Anastasia Park Rd, St Augustine, FL 32080
You will have to enter the heart of Anastasia State Park to get to Anastasia Watersports, but the paddleboarding adventures here are absolutely worth it.
It’s also the perfect place to learn kayaking, windsurfing, and catamaran sailing, even if you’re a beginner. Call ahead of time at (904) 460-9111 for rentals or tour bookings.
Try your hand at SUP in St. Augustine
Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the most accessible St. Augustine activities – and it is everywhere. See the wildlife, the city, and the nature from a few feet higher, soaring over the water.
The southern side of St. Augustine is home to several luxury vacation rentals, such as The Ocean Gallery, and staying in one of them is an ideal way to enjoy paddleboarding here.
Explore the intricate waterways of St. Augustine’s on a paddleboard the next time you visit, with a great opportunity to see the fascinating local wildlife including dolphins and manatees!
Call us at (800) 398-5980 for lodging information or to learn more about how to enjoy this exciting outdoor activity here.